(PR) ECHL Concludes Mid-Season Board of Governors Meeting
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Mid-Season ECHL Board of Governors Meeting was officially concluded and adjourned on Mar. 27.
The following items were approved by the Board of Governors:
Ontario Hosts 2010 ECHL All-Star Game
The Board unanimously approved the Ontario Reign as the host of the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition on Jan. 19-20, 2010. The Reign had more than 27,000 for their final three regular season games, including back-to-back sellout crowds of 9,644 on Mar. 21 and 22, to average 5,856 per game in their first season.
Walleye Bring ECHL Back To Toledo
The ECHL returns to Toledo when the Walleye take the ice at the brand-new Lucas County Arena scheduled to open this fall in the downtown Toledo entertainment district. The Walleye have already sold 18 of the 20 suites at the new facility that seats 7,500 as well as more than 1,500 season tickets, including suites, and enough merchandise to rank among the league leaders. Toledo is coached by Nick Vitucci, who holds the record with five ECHL titles and was a member of the first class inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dayton, Mississippi Suspend Operations
The Dayton Bombers and Mississippi Sea Wolves informed the ECHL that they will not be playing in 2009-10. Dayton and Mississippi must inform the Board of their future plans at the Annual Meeting in June.
Phoenix Will Cease Operations
The Phoenix RoadRunners informed the Board that they will not be playing in 2009-10 and will cease operations at the conclusion of the current season.
Voluntary Suspension Extensions Granted To Columbia, Myrtle Beach
The Board unanimously approved requests from Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Columbia, S.C. to extend their Voluntary Suspension for the 2009-10 season as both work towards constructing new facilities.
2009-10 Division Realignment
The Board approved the following conference and division alignment for 2009-10:
American Conference – North Division
Cincinnati, Elmira, Johnstown, Toledo and Wheeling
American Conference – South Division
Charlotte, Florida, Gwinnett, Reading, South Carolina and Trenton
National Conference – West Division
Alaska, Idaho, Utah and Victoria
National Conference – Pacific Division
Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Ontario and Stockton